Digoberto Gonsalves was an immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico, who was working in the L.A. area in 2007 as a scavenger and junk dealer. He was 41 years of age at that time. He drove an older model, white Toyota pickup with a camper shell. While looking through dumpsters he found several items dumped by Clifford Maxwell and Alicia Kent. Among the items was a camera, a Smith and Wesson .22 pistol, a yoga poster from the Kent's home exercise room, and most importantly a "pig" containing the radioactive cesium that had been extorted from Dr. Stanley Kent. Gonzalves did not know that the cesium was deadly, and he removed it from the pig, receiving life-threatening radiation burns. He collapsed outside a business at 930 Cahuenga Boulevard near Lankershim Boulevard, in the vicinity of the dumpster where he had found the items. This location was not far from the Kent home as well as the Mulholland Drive overlook where Dr. Kent was killed.

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